Glasgow Irish FC v Huntershill AFC
Holyrood Glasgow Club
The Irish were at Holyrood this Wednesday evening for a friendly against recently formed team Huntershill. GIFC management team Mulgrew and McCabe were keen to use this fixture to give recent new recruits an opportunity to force their way into a very competitive squad. This was also a good chance to rest some of the squad.
The surface at Holyrood left a lot to be desired but both teams made sure of a highly entertaining game.
Euan Nelson, Cameron McIntyre, Thomas McShane and Kevin Williams were all to make their debuts for the Irish on the night.
The game was to start pretty slowly as both sides struggled to get the ball down on a very antiquated artificial pitch.
The opening goal went the Irish way and owed a lot to the surface when Mulheron launched the ball forward from his own half only for the ball to take a wicked bounce over the opposition keeper and send the Irish ahead. 1-0.
The second wasn’t far away for the Green and White and Thomas McShane took the credit this time. Racing clear to finish emphatically from Gerrard Hughes through ball. 2-0.
Ross Campbell got the third when he finished well after strong midfield play by Steven Craven. 3-0.
Huntershill kept at it and debutant keeper Nelson had to remain alert on a couple of occasions.
The Irish went further ahead when Campbell turned provider for Jay Armstrong or Gerrard Hughes to tap home. The goal going to whoever you choose to believe after both players went for the same ball in eagerness to score. 4-0.
Five minutes before the break GIFC made it five when Tomo McShane blasted home from the edge of the box after being played in by the impressive Stiles Owens. 5-0.
The second half seen the Irish make several changes with Mullen>Hogan, Kelly>Campbell, Maguire>Hughes, Williams>Craven, Singh>McShane, Gordon>Armstrong.
Huntershill were to settle into the game and produced some real periods of quality football. Todd and Wheeler pegging The Irish lead back to a 3 goal margin.
This was a worthwhile run out for GIFC and some of the new signings offer encouragement for the remainder of the season.
Man of the match for GIFC Thomas McShane.